Arsenal are ready to reignite their attempts to sign Marco Reus this summer after Bayern Munich ruled themselves out of contention, according to The Telegraph.
Citing reports from German newspaper Bild, the broadsheet claims that Arsene Wenger wants to bring the Borussia Dortmund star to north London in the summer. If Reus fails to agree a new contract by that time, a release clause will allow him to leave for just £20 million.
With Borussia Dortmund fighting to survive relegation and chances of qualifying for the Champions League all but gone, Jurgen Klopp is facing up to losing a number of stars and Reus is likely to be first out of the door. While Pep Guardiola has decided against a move, the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid have been credited with an interest.
But Arsenal have shown they can compete with the big spenders in the transfer market. They fended off Liverpool to sign Alexis Sanchez last summer and Manchester United to sign Mesut Ozil the summer before that.
Wenger already has an embarrassment of riches in his Arsenal attack, but it looks likely that Lukas Podolski will not return from his loan spell at Inter Milan. There is also doubts over the future of Joel Campbell, who left for Villarreal on loan this week.
That could open up a space for Reus in the squad where he would compete with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Serge Gnabry for a place. However, he will have to convince Reus to reject both Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal, not to mention Carlo Ancelotti.
Real Madrid may be the most tempting off all, but that is where competition will be fiercest. Manchester United have struggled to fit Adnan Januzaj into their set up while Chelsea are set to sign Juan Cuadrado.
These factors could be cooking up the perfect storm for Arsenal, who will once again be chasing big signings as they look to reestablish themselves as Premier League title contenders.